New “Mudroom”

2 Apr


Look what my handy husband built in our front closet this weekend!!! It still needs some finishing touches like paint, hooks and a cushion, but I’m already beyond thrilled with it!

Preparing for Easter with the kiddos

23 Mar


I am so excited about this idea I found to do with the kids to get them thinking about Jesus instead of the Easter bunny. You can see all the details here, but basically you read a bible story and do a short activity every day for 12 days leading up to Easter.

Gymnastics for Lydia

20 Mar

For the past few weeks Lydia has been going to gymnastics class. I love watching her tumble and flip around.




Quiet Time Bins

20 Feb

I consider it a huge blessing that Lydia has been taking good naps until now.  But I think the time has come for her naps to be over.  I still NEED to have some time alone each afternoon though, and I think its good for Lydia to have some alone play time too, so this weekend we made up some quiet time bins for her to use each afternoon.  I got the idea HERE and think its just brilliant.  There is one box for each day of the week and there are different toys/activities in each one.  The plan is for Lydia to play in her room with the contents of the box for an hour or two each afternoon while Ellie naps.

I got ideas for what to put in the boxes just fome searching quiet time bins on google.  I found all this stuff around the house.  Here’s what’s inside each bos:

Viewmaster toy, pipe cleaners, book, dry erase letter practice sheets

Book, sewing cards, Hello Kitty doll, play make up kit, crayons & small notepad

Dry erase shapes book, animal flashcards, magnetic dress up doll, & a book

Polly Pocket doll & car, calculator, crayons & notebook, book

Book, stuffed koala, clothespins, dry erase cards

Tomorrow will be the first day we use the bins.  I’m really hoping this works well, for more than a week. 😉

 I will put new things in the bins from time to time too.

Here’s what Ellie will be doing:

22 week bump

16 Feb

22 Weeks with baby #1

22 Weeks with baby #3

Baby news at 20 weeks

3 Feb

We’re officially half way!!!  At our ultrasound this week we found out we are expecting a healthy little BOY this June!!!  We are very excited!

This little guy sure does move around a lot and I feel him kicking all the time.  I’ll try to get a belly shot up soon, I feel like I’ve really “popped” in the last few weeks.  Here’s a ultrasound pic of our little guy.  That little profile just melts my heart. 🙂

No more diapers….at least for a few months

31 Jan

We’re on day number 4 of potty training with Ellie, and I have to say, I think its going really well.  She really seems to be catching on and we are so proud of her.  No doubt we still have some time before we can say she’s fully potty trained, but she is well on her way.  Yay Ellie!!!

This is the first time in close to 4 years that I haven’t had to change a diaper….it feels wonderful even if it is going to be short lived.  June will come quickly 🙂

Costa Rica…full of adventure and relaxation!

23 Jan

We’re back from our week in Costa Rica, which was amazing!  We highly recommend it as a vacation destination to anyone.  Enjoy a few photos from our trip below!

An enormous thank you to my awesome in-laws for this wonderful trip full of memories that will last a lifetime!

Look where we’re headed….

10 Jan

In a few short days we are all headed to Costa Rica!!!! I can’t wait!

16 weeks with number 3

6 Jan


I’m 16 weeks along now with this little sweet pea. I’m so thankful to be through all the “morning” sickness and have some more energy. As far as the belly goes, I’d just like to say that my body is much less forgiving the third time around. I’ve been showing for weeks!